Schauer Research Group

Heavy Metal Bioremediation

Heavy metals such as copper, arsenic, chromium have been known to infiltrate surface and ground water supplies due to improper release of industrial waste. The resulting negative impact on public health has been documented in several countries and continues to be a problem throughout the world. One strategy for removing heavy metals from water is bioremediation; a process by which biological materials are employed to fix heavy metals, either by metabolic processes or simple surface adsorption. Students in my laboratory are identifying polymeric metal binding biomolecules in local flora to serve as models for synthetic biosorbents.

Odor-Free Thiol and Thioester Synthesis

The reagents employed in the synthesis of sulfur-containing compounds are often unpleasant to work with due to their strong odors. In our laboratory, we have successfully developed a strategy for synthesizing thioesters and thiols without using malodorous reagents.